Monday, September 12, 2011

Block City

Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child's Garden of Verses)
City by D.

What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and other go roam,

But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet the sea,

There I'll establish a city for me:

A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,

And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on the top of it all,

And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.

This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!

And see on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!

Now I have done with it, down let it go!
All in a moment the town is laid low.

Block upon block lying scattered and free,
What is there left of my town by the sea?

Yet as I saw it, I see it again,
The kirk and the palace, the ships and the men,

And as long as I live, and where'er I may be,
I'll always remember my town by the sea.


Maggie said...

Tell Duncan I think it is wonderful.

Shonya said...


In case you didn't catch it, I absolutely *love* this post! I love the pictures you got of his creativity, I love the poem, I love the way you integrated the poem into your life.

LOVE IT! (wish I had written it! lol)

MRK said...

I, too, love this. I wish my kids loved blocks as much as I do! Good job, D.

sandwichinwi said...

LOVE RLS!!! What a great town/harbor and great job with the photos! I wish my kids played with their blocks so creatively.


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